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Speeding Through Work Zones

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The heat is on for I-94 construction workers, but this time we're not talking temperature. The road work isn't scheduled to be finished until October, but crews say drivers are already forgetting to slow down in the orange zones.

"Even that 42, 43 miles an hour, it doesn't seem like much to the person driving, but to the person that's standing on the ground or the person standing up against the cone, or the barrier yea it is too fast." says Sharon Schmidt who works on the road.

And they've tried having more patrol in the area.

"We've also had some phone calls from the construction folks to have us focus on certain areas of the zone, we're out here trying to put as much time as we can into this zone, we have other areas we have to pay attention to as well, and we're hampered a lot of times by our man power." says Sgt. Dave Wolf with the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Even so the Highway Patrol has already caught 135 speeders in just one month going through the construction zone. It's the speeders that aren't caught that worry workers.

"You know there's a lot of frustrations that come with the job, because you stop and it could all be gone. It just creates a lot of stress, you know and you go home at the end of the day, and you're just, relieved." Sharon says.

The Highway Patrol has also have investigated 21 crashes, that averages out in just that stretch of roadway to one crash every day and a half. They say speeding is one of the reasons the accidents happen.

Workers say they hope driver slow down so both drivers and crew can get home safe.

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